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Creating A Searchable PDF

At Wake Forest University our networked, multi-function printer/copier/scanners are capable of scanning and emailing PDF files directly from the device. By default the scanner captures an image of each page it scans. It then assembles all the scanned images into a single PDF file and emails it to whatever address(es) the user provides.

For most of us, that works fine. The image of the text is good enough to read when we open the file. It is quick and dirty and we move on to our next task. However, image of text is not always good enough. There are situations where you want or need the text to be text and not just an image of the text. You want the text to be searchable. Continue reading

Google Drive Plug-in for Microsoft Office

Over the summer google released a plugin for Microsoft Office (Windows only, 2007-2016 versions) that allows you to open and save native format office files directly to your google drive space. I’ve just gotten around to installing it. So far it seems to work as advertised. If you use both Google Drive/Docs and Microsoft Office in a mixed environment like we do at WFU, then this plug-in is worth exploring. Continue reading

WFU and Office 365

WFU Office 365 portalWake Forest University has purchased and deployed Office 365 for our faculty, staff, and students. Microsoft Office will not be pre-installed on most of the WFU-issued laptops moving forward. Users will utilize their Office 365 subscriptions to get Office on their computers.

Users can access their Office 365 subscription by logging into the Office 365 portal with your full WFU email address and WFU password. Once you are logged in, there are two ways to utilize the Office 365 services. Continue reading

Syncing Multiple Computers with Google Drive

I’ve got multiple computers that I use with Google Drive. Google provides the sync client so that whatever I put in the Google Drive folder on my hard drive is synced with the cloud. It’s great, except for one thing. . . .

I don’t necessarily want all the data on Computer1 to be synced to Computer2. Computer1 is a desktop with terabytes of storage. Computer2 is a laptop with a 256GB solid state hard drive. The multimedia files that I have on Computer1, which I want to put up in my unlimited Google storage, can’t fit on Computer2’s drive. I’ve got too much. But if I put the Google Drive client on both machines and try to put the video library up to google on Computer1, then the sync client would try copy it down to Comptuer2 by default.

There is a way to get around that problem. It is by telling the client to only sync specific folders.

The complete instructions are detailed in a google doc at the link below.